Better known as the Owl’s Gap camp, Camp S-60 opened on June 5, 1933, and the camp was closed late in 1941 (Civilian Conservation Corps, 1983, p. 12). The work assignments for the enrollees consisted of building and improving roads and bridges, cutting and mowing trails, and other forest work. They built quite a few of the roads around the Whipple Dam area, including the North Meadows Road (Tracy, p. 6). The men also constructed the stone and earth dam to form the lake at Whipple Dam State Park (Shedd, p. 175).
George Galla Sr. stands under the Camp S-60 sign at the Owl's Gap camp. His photo was submitted by his son, George Galla Jr.
Barracks at the Whipple Place (Owl's Gap) camp
Photograph courtesy of Paul Fagley, Greenwood Furnace State Park
This is a photo of the overhead and rated men at the Owl's Gap camp in Petersburg, PA about 1935. The men include:
Top Row L-R: Marvil Gibbs, William Hugiro, Ronald Kennedy, Blair Gibboney, Hobert Bollingher, and Robert Bealer.
Middle Row L-R: Thomas R. Daugherty, Francis Cassiato, James Evans, Arthur Ercher, Debert Black, Raymond Ayers, Peter Irvich, and Edward Pavlisko.
Bottom Row L-R: Woodrow Bowman, Blair Snyder, Anthony Zurlo, Raymond Rosenblum, Edward Donahue, and Howard Graham.
Robert Bealer is the man circled in the photo. The photo was submitted by Frank Kroboth. All names were typed as they appear on the back of the photo. For more information on where these men were from and their roles, please see the Civilian Conservation Corps photo album for more details.
These were the cooks at the Owl's Gap camp in Petersburg, Huntingdon Co., PA. They included:
Back Row L-R: Anthony Zurlo, Joseph Hayduk, and Edward Donahue.
Middle Row L-R: Tony Tomaacio, Stanley Binchansky, and Samuel Whitsel.
Front Row: Thomas R. Daugherty
All spellings are as they appear on the back of the photo. The photo was taken between 1934 and 1935. This photo was submitted by Frank Kroboth. You can see where these men were from and their roles in the Civilian Conservation Corps photo album.
This roster appeared inside Volume 1, No. 9 of the December 1935 issue of the Owl's Gap Hoot N Howl camp newsletter. It was submitted by Frank Kroboth. You can find all of these names as well as many others on the Civilian Conservation Corps Workers page.
If you know of someone who served with the CCC, who is not listed on the worker's page, please complete a CCC Roll Call Form, and their name will be added to the list.
The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources maintains information on all of the CCC camps in Huntingdon County and Pennsylvania. To learn more about the S-60 Whipple Place camp, you can click on the link.